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PHL-South Korea celebrates 70th anniversary; vows to give Filipinos multiple-entry visa, scholarship

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during their bilateral meeting at the Cheong Wa Dae or the Blue House, the official residence of the Korean leader. (MALACANANG PHOTO)

The Philippines and the Republic of South Korea strengthened their ties through a ‘Friendship Parade,’ marking its 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations on Sunday, June 2.

The parade started from the Quirino Grandstand at 6:00 AM and proceeded to Roxas Boulevard, Rajah Sulayman and then back to the grandstand. The participants hold giant flags of both the country and South Korea. Also, girls scouts in their uniforms were marching along together with some of the participants and members of the marching band who wore Korean traditional costumes.

Cultural events and performances were also lined up in a program at the grandstand.

In a statement, the Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man said that the embassy will reduce the number of documents needed for visa applications for Filipinos who want to visit South Korea in the future, especially for those who are qualified professionals, media, and government workers.

“For qualified people such the business people, media people, of course, and government officers, we give them a multiple visa at least five years or 10 years with one single document saying that I’m working in this company,” Han said on Sunday.

Han also added that any Filipino who wants to visit Korea will be “entitled to get a multiple-entry visa. ”

“Among the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] countries, Philippines is the only country to be allowed of multiple-entry visa,” he added.

The ambassador also added that scholarship offerings for Filipinos will also increase.

“We are encouraging people-to-people exchange, not only tourists but also students. So we are inviting many Korean students to study in the Philippines, and also we are inviting many qualified, talented Filipinos, in particular, university students to get a scholarship,” Han said.

On March, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism presented the 2019 Kpop Friendship Concert in Manila in celebration of the 70th diplomatic anniversary of both countries.

Among the various names who were present during the celebration were the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Han Dong Man, the 1st Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea, Mr. Kim Yong Sam, the Executive Director of the National Archives of the Philippines, Commissioner Victorino Mapa Manalo, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) chief Benjamin Diokno.

The event, which was attended by thousands of fans, presented different Kpop groups such as NOIR, APRIL, and NCT DREAM with Silent Sanctuary, a local band, headlining the event.

READ: LOOK: Kpop Acts, local band joined forces in strengthening South Korea – Philippines camaraderie thru concert

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